Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Expanding agriculture production among major factors contributing to climate change
Delhi Daily News: An increase in agriculture production has a negative impact on the atmosphere across the globe by contributing to climate change, according to a recent report.
The recent study has revealed that the considerable increase in the carbon dioxide concentrations is due to a rise in farm productivity. Hence, the rise in pollution levels is attributed not only to electronic products, vehicles and mills but also to crops.
Farms throughout the world have become more productive, particularly in the West...
Climate change is not just about science ? it's about the future we want to create
Guardian: Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to ?stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system?.
The discussions in Paris in 2015 will be informed by the latest climate...
United Kingdom: Taxpayers to fund hundreds of fracking boreholes across country
Guardian: Hundreds of government-funded boreholes are set to be drilled across Britain to try to persuade the public that a looming shale gas boom can be developed safely, the Observer has learned. Sensors in the boreholes would detect possible water pollution or earthquakes caused by fracking and the information would be made public.
?We will be taking the pulse of the sub-surface environment and will reveal if things are going wrong, but also if they are going right,? said Professor Mike Stephenson, director...
Six vital steps world leaders must agree to take to protect Earth
Guardian: 1 Global warming must be limited to 2C Every year, carbon emissions from cars, factories and power plants across the planet rise inexorably. The resulting elevation in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere mean that in 30 years temperatures on Earth will be 2C hotter than they were in pre-industrial times, scientists say. This is the maximum temperature that they believe the world can tolerate without there being devastating environmental consequences: spreading deserts, worsening storms and widespread...
Connecting the dots: extreme climate change, conflict
Statesman Journal: What does melting sea ice in the Arctic have to do with the barbarism of the Islamic State?
The answer is scary: Rising sea levels eventually will overrun some Pacific island nations and will turn many low-lying villages around the globe into ghost towns. Where will the uprooted inhabitants go?
At the least, they will endure the anxiety and grief of leaving their traditional homes. At the worst, the displaced residents will become a generational underclass - lacking adequate food, shelter and...
When polar bears attack: How climate change is creating a new breed of unlikely killers
Salon: In the summer of 2013, seven American hikers set off on a two-week expedition through Canada`s Arctic tundra. The plan was to experience a pristine landscape rarely seen by humans and, if they were lucky, catch a glimpse of the region`s polar bears. They went prepared with flares and electric fences - enough, they assumed, to protect them from the massive predators. It wasn`t.
To say any more would be to spoil the suspenseful, true-life story that Sabrina Shankman recounts in her e-book "Meltdown:...
Volcanoes Can Mitigate Climate Change?
Nature World: Small volcanic eruptions over the years may actually helped slow climate change. That's at least according to a new study which details how minor eruptions between 200 and 2013 may have directly cooled the average global temperature.
The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, describes how volcanoes blast helpful particles, called aerosols, into the air during an eruption. When these sulfer dioxide aerosols reach the stratosphere (the second layer of our atmosphere), they...
A Malaysian snail goes extinct ? with 22,000+ other species on the brink
Star: Fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources are pushing wild species towards extinction.
A species of Malaysian microsnail has been declared ?extinct? in the latest Red List of Threatened Species released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Plectostoma sciaphilum, known only from a single limestone hill in Pahang, has disappeared as the outcrop which it inhabited, Bukit Panching near Kuantan, was quarried...